Cooking Classes near Rome: come to our enchanted village and home, breathe in fresh, clean country air. It's like Tuscany at Rome's doorstep!
Leave the hustle and bustle of Rome behind for a day and discover the enchanted villages of Castelnuovo and Farfa nestled in the Sabine hills, where our Italian cooking classes and lessons near Rome are held. Fill your eyes with stunning views of green rolling hills covered with olive groves, ancient warm-coloured stoned palaces, picturesque winding streets, secret gardens and piazzas. It's like a 500 year old movie set, but it's real. This is the real Italy, authentic dolce vita!
The views from Convivio Rome are picture perfect, like a postcard of the Italian countryside. - Angela (Stockholm, Sweden)
What's included in your Italian Cooking day out.
- 1 Cooking lesson of 2 to 3 hours in our family home
- 1 Leisurely lunch on our family terrace overlooking olive groves and ancient hilltop villages
- Plenty of local wine, red (Sangiovese) and white (Falanghina)
- Olive oil tasting on local wood-fired bread during lesson and lunch
- Recipes from the cooking classes
- Welcome gift
- A morning stroll through the enchanting medieval village of Castelnuovo
- Informal tour of the 6th Century medieval monastic village of Farfa
- Free pick up /return service from local train station (on the day)
Cook in our home kitchen and enjoy your meal with us.
We welcome you in to our family home for your traditional Italian cooking class. The maximum group size of our Italian cookery courses and cooking classes near Rome is 6 to 8 people, therefore each participant enjoys personalised attention and gets the most out of every Italian cooking class.
This is where the freshest ingredients come from.
Sabina, the area where we locate our Italian cooking classes and lessons near Rome, is a fertile land where the freshest ingredients are supplied to us for our Italian cookery classes. Unlike markets in the city of Rome, the produce we use for our cooking classes don't travel at all and come from selected local small farms run by passionate, caring people. You will see fruit and vegetables in all different shapes and sizes: that's because they come from someone's garden, not mass produced, and they burst with flavour. Sabina is famous for extra virgin olive oil (it's an 'European Protected Designation of Origin' oil): it's light, full of complex flavours and a wonderful smell of freshly cut grass.
So easy to come here: trains depart every 15 minutes!
From wherever you are staying in Rome, coming to the Sabina region is easy, direct and simple and it only takes approximately 40 minutes. This is thanks to an excellent air-conditioned urban train service which stops in many areas of Rome, and departs every 15 minutes. We give you easy-to-follow directions to come to our local train station; you will find us there waiting for you holding our sign, then we will take you for a short drive to our home, where your Italian cooking day will start.
English language to mother-tongue level means clear communication.
Convivio Rome's head chef Guido, an 8th generation Roman, lived in Britain and Australia for a number of years and speaks perfect English. His wife Sally, who also runs Convivio Rome, is Australian.
Visit medieval villages: the perfect stroll before and after lunch!
Upon your arrival to the Sabine Hills, you take a short stroll through the picturesque medieval village of Castelnuovo, where homes have been decorated in a selection of colours from Giotto's paintings. After you have experienced the spectacular views from our family home, your authentic Italian cooking class and your three course meal with ample local wine, we take you for an informal, relaxed stroll to the ancient 6th Century monastic village of Farfa. Once a powerful city state which ruled most of Central Italy, today Farfa is a stunning, restored complex of monumental towers, palaces and a frescoed church as well as a village populated by artists and artisans.
A beautiful, short drive back to the station at the end of your Italian Cooking day.
At the end of your day with us, we drive you through the stunning countryside of the Sabine Hills, filled with olive groves and magnificent views, to the local train station. From here, you can catch the direct train back to Rome.
All our activities can be combined with accommodation at our B&B